Apparently there’s not one but four species of giraffe.
Recent analysis of giraffe DNA shows the distinction between these four different species (which don’t mate with one another) to be as pronounced as the difference between brown bears and polar bears.
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A print from Pop Chart Lab.
Two recently discovered species of Peacock spider, discovered in southeast Queensland, Australia by UC Berkeley graduate student Madeline Girard who promptly nicknamed them ‘Sparklemuffin’ and ‘Skeletorus’.
The arachnids measure just 0.75cm across and, like other Peacock spiders, are named on account of their colourful displays and elaborate mating dance.
Eoin Kernan tweetz:
I came across this earlier… Any ideas?
zefrank’s zoological odyssey continues.
Like a lactose intolerant cheesemaker, the cuttlefish is unaware of its own gifts.
They also give good face. You’ll see.
Animal Earth is a 320 page book featuring extraordinary photographs of some of the world’s most obscure and eye-candiful species compiled by a panel of animal specialists and researchers.
The book, published by Thames and Hudson will be released mid November.
Above: the ‘sea angel’, Clione limacine (pic: Alexander Semenov); a toxic nudibranch sea slug Chromodoris annulata (pic: Arthur Anker); a Bougainvillia superciliris jellyfish with a hitchhiking Hyperia galba amphipod (pic: Alexander Semenov); the compound eyes of a cynipid wasp (pic: Tomas Rak); the colourful tentacles of a tube-dwelling serpulid polychaete and a segmented annelid (both pix: Alexander Semenov).